It’s a birthday sale!!! Use the coupon code BDAYBASH on my patterns here on knitequalsjoy.com or on Payhip for a big 50% off!!! Hurry, use the code by November 8th, 2020! (Also on sale on Etsy, no code needed.)
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It’s not a newsletter, exactly…I tried that earlier this year, and it just wasn’t a fit. I really didn’t enjoy the newsletter format. For me, it felt like putting together an advertisement. Well, yes, I want people to buy my patterns…but the blog’s purpose is broader than that. The blog is a place where I can write about stuff that, hopefully, brings a little beauty, whimsy, and maybe useful information from my world to yours. It’s where I can write about things that caught my eye, that bring me joy, or that I thought were interesting.
I’m a nerd (or is it geek?). I posted a picture on my personal Facebook page about one of my patterns, and one of my high school friends commented with something to the effect of “you’re so talented.” My response was that I have always loved beautiful things, crafting, writing, and math…and in my older years I’ve discovered that I like problem-solving, so it all came together in this fun pastime. So, yeah, basically I’m a nerd. 🙂
Independent Knitting and Crochet Designers.
If you like supporting independent designers, Barbara Benson has created the Indie Pattern Portal. The purpose of the portal is “…to help you find stores where you purchase patterns directly from the designer, no middle-man. Each designer may use a different service (Payhip, Shopify, etc …) but the stores are entirely under their control.” It’s a great place to find professional designers.
It’s two months till Christmas today! I get pretend-annoyed by folks who announce how many days remain until Christmas, but I don’t really mind. I promise not to be one of them after today, however.
Finally, pumpkins! This year I added shaping to 2016’s Colorwork Pumpkin pattern, so I’ve been reknitting samples of that pattern. It’s been really fun!
We have this volunteer pumpkin plant in our back yard, and it makes the perfect foil for knit pumpkins.
I made the pumpkin using Alexandra’s Crafts Dark Side of the Moon in Saffron Spice and Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Saffron. They were lovely yarns to work with!
I made a short (30 second) video showing how I hold the yarn in two hands for colorwork.
Here’s another lovely pumpkin made this week by Ginny. It’s the Wee Pumpkin.
I’ll leave you with that lovely picture by Ginny. It captures the warmth and beauty of Fall for me, and it makes my heart smile.
May the rest of your Fall days be warm with a touch of chill in the air. May you enjoy the rich Fall colors and the taste of apple cider. May you enjoy the warmth of friendship and family (even if virtually). Catch you next time!
Hey everyone! It’s a chilly October morning here, gray and drab, but cozy inside. We’re drinking coffee and trying to decide what to do with the day.
The Pumpkin-a-Long (PAL) continues! I’m giving away free patterns weekly – randomly chosen from those who either email a photo of their pumpkin progress to firstname.lastname@example.org or post their pictures on Instagram with the tag #pumpkinalong2020. At the end (Thanksgiving) there will be a random drawing for some Amanda Hope yarn, a felted pumpkin, and other prizes, drawn from the pool of finished pumpkin projects that were emailed or posted as above during the PAL.
If this appeals to you, please join us, and invite your friends!
I love this pumpkin that Carla made:
And this one by Ginny:
I made my original “Because…Pumpkins” pumpkins using Amanda Hope Yarns. I used their Aussie Extra Fine Fingering (100% Merino – yummmmm!) held together with their Superkid Mohair/Silk (also yummmmm!). Working with the two of them held together is heavenly! They create an amazingly soft and halo-y fabric. If you look closely, you can see that the colors are slightly tonal. Tonals are my very favorite – the color changes stitch-to-stitch invariably keep my interest, even when working miles of stockinette.
Check out their website: Amanda Hope Yarn and see Because Pumpkins featured in their opening slides (thank you, Wendy)!!!
If you follow on Facebook or Instagram, you know that our younger son got married last month. It was a joyous – outside, small, and socially distanced – occasion, and we are thrilled for them and so happy to welcome our new daughter-in-law to the family. It was truly a sweet ceremony and represented them so well. My pictures here were taken by cell phone, so I apologize that they’re not very clear.
This year I have truly missed my trips to the Oregon Coast. I’m hoping to take a few days there around Thanksgiving and to have some pictures to share with you here.
I hope that you and yours are safe and well. I hope that you can enjoy some fall festivities, fall knitting, or some fun fall decorating. Pumpkins are always good! 😉
All the best,
Just for fun – and so that you can see the comparative sizes of the pumpkin patterns – I made this short little video:
Here are prizes for the Pumpkin-A-Long:
Prizes for completed pumpkins, to be chosen randomly after we finish the PAL on Thanksgiving, include a skein of fabulous Amanda Hope Yarn Aussie Extra Fine and an adorable felted pumpkin by Wee Woolies. Throughout the PAL, pattern winners (your choice from amongst all of my patterns) will be chosen randomly from those who post on Instagram or submit via email (email@example.com) progress pictures of their pumpkins, post in response to PAL questions, or even post their PAL badge. Here is the PAL badge (feel free to copy it):
Questions about how to PAL? Interested in the discount (through October 15, 2020)? Read here: Pumpkin-A-Long (PAL)
And if you’re looking for the PAL patterns, here they are:
Happy Fall, Y’all!!!
I’m thrilled to announce that this year’s pumpkin pattern is now live! It’s called It’s Fall, Y’all.
It’s Fall, Y’all features chevrons – made simply, through the use of increases and decreases. The fabric is created by holding a fingering weight yarn together with a mohair yarn, which produces a shimmery fabric with a soft halo. You can make two shapes/sizes with this pattern, a short pumpkin and a tall one.
You can purchase the pattern here Buy Now or find it in the Pattern tab or Pumpkin-A-Long Patterns tab at the top of the webpage.
I’m so happy with the way this pattern turned out. I hope you will enjoy it!
Speaking of pumpkins. come knit some pumpkins with us during the third annual Pumpkin-A-Long (PAL)!
If you are local, join the PAL at Wild Knits Salem! In collaboration with Holly, we are offering a special discount on the patterns to the LYS patrons. I’m so excited that this is happening locally this year!
If you are an LYS owner or indie dyer, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in joining the PAL and/or offering the pattern to your customers.
Have a wonderful weekend! Please share your pumpkins on IG, and tag me @knitequalsjoy so I can see your wonderful Autumnal creations. The happiest of Falls to all of you.
This year’s Pumpkin-A-Long has begun! It’s easy to play along, and I hope you will.
There are seven eligible patterns, see below.
The premise of the PAL is very easy: knit one of the Knit Equals Joy pumpkins, post a picture of your pumpkin on Instagram with the tags #pumpkinalong2020 and #knitequalsjoy. Follow those tags to see everyone else’s pumpkin progress and anything related to Fall that we post (because we love Fall!!!). If you’re not on Instagram, email your pumpkins to me at email@example.com.
At the conclusion of the PAL (Thanksgiving), I’ll randomly choose from the finished pumpkins and will award prizes. I have an adorable felted pumpkin (not made by me) and yarn, of course, to offer as prizes.
Use the coupon code PALpumpkins for 15% off any of these patterns through October 15, 2020. Discount available only on patterns purchased through knitequalsjoy.com or my Payhip store.
Come join us and get in on some Autumn-knitting joy!!!
Pumpkin-A-Long Patterns – hover over photo for pattern name, click to read about the pattern or to purchase.
Hello dear friends,
I’m thrilled to announce the release of the Little Ethereal Sweater Pattern. This children’s sweater is written for newborn through size 8-10 years. This cute little sweater is so much fun to knit! And of course, choosing your yarn and colors is half the fun.
I used Amanda Hope Yarn Aussie Extra Fine in the colorways Lisa’s Purple and Princess. The colors worked together perfectly, and the yarn is a delight to work with. I love the finished sweater!
My friend Marcela Chang from Chile translated the pattern into Spanish. The purchase of the pattern includes two PDFs, one in English and one in Spanish.
I’m offering the pattern at a steep discount this weekend here on the website (click on “Patterns” above) and on Payhip. Use the coupon code INTRO40 for 40% off– coupon expires 9/14/2020. However, if you miss that discount, the pattern is still on sale with a 25% discount here and on Payhip with the coupon code HELLO25 through 9/30/2020.
The Pumpkin-a-Long (PAL) is starting shortly, and I will post again soon about it. As usual, there will be prizes (!) and a new pattern for this year. Stay tuned!!!
I hope that you will stay well, and if you are here in the West, that you are staying safe from the wildfires. Our kids were evacuated from their honeymoon because of the wildfires…they will have stories to tell, but they are safe and sound, and I am very grateful.
All the best,
Hello dear friends,
The test-knit for Little Ethereal is open on Yarnpond. I could still use a couple of testers, if anyone is interested. Sizes 4-6 yrs and 8-10 yrs are still available. You can find the test here.
I really love how this little sweater turned out. It’s just so tiny in this little 0-6 mo size. As it approaches the larger sizes, the proportions become more like those in Ethereal.
Also, I have improved the pattern shop here on Knit Equals Joy. I realized after the previous post that you would need to know what you were looking for in order for the previous shop to be very useful, and even so, the drop-down boxes were a pain to use.
The new and improved shop is now found by using the Pattern tab in the navigation bar. You’ll now see all the patterns at once. Hovering over each thumbnail provides the pattern name. There is now a search bar, and you can also filter by tags if you’d like to see all the pumpkin patterns, for instance, or all the lace patterns. Clicking on the photo will take you to the pattern page with the description of the pattern and the capability to buy now or add to a cart. Since this is so much easier to use than the previous shop, I’d like to offer 25% off all my patterns purchased through this website through mid-August. Just use the coupon code shopthewebsite2 at checkout between now and August 15th for that 25% discount.
Thank you, as always, for your support. Please stay safe and well.
I hope this finds you all safe and well!
I’m thrilled to announce that the Ethereal Sweater pattern is now available in Spanish. Designer Marcela Chang, who hails from Chile, has added pattern translation to the services she offers, so I took her up on it. Now when you purchase the pattern here on knitequalsjoy.com or on my Payhip or Etsy shops, you will receive two PDFs, one in English and one in Spanish. I’m looking forward to offering more patterns in Spanish, as well.
Also news – my patterns are now available for purchase right here on knitequalsjoy.com. I am so happy to offer this capability to you now – it’s at least one step easier than before. Just go to the Patterns tab in the navigation bar and find the pattern(s) you want. You can sort under tags and you can also search now. And to celebrate, use the coupon code shopthewebsite2 from July 25th to August 16th for 25% off. The coupon is good on all Knit Equals Joy patterns purchased through knitequalsjoy.com.
The last bit of news is that I’ve designed a Little Ethereal. It’s currently in tech editing, and when it is through that process, it will be ready for test knitting. I’ll be looking for a few test knitters who have a little one available who can try on the sweater and also maybe provide some great pictures – because I don’t have any little ones nearby and no grands yet. Additionally, I will be looking for testers who can knit this pretty quickly and who have previously completed test knits. If this sounds like you and sounds like something you would like to do, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I wanted to give my fabulous knitting friends first stab at this, and then will offer the test on Yarnpond. The sizes are 0-6 mo, 6-12 mo, 1-2 yr, 2-4 yr, 4-6 yr, 6-8 yr, and 8-10 yr, and it is knit in fingering weight yarn.
I have a couple of vacation days coming up, so I’m hoping that I can start working on 2020’s pumpkin design. I have some great yarn for it, and I think it will be a cute but not too difficult addition to the pumpkin patch! Now that Little Ethereal is written up and out of my head, I’m starting to get excited about pumpkins and the 2020 Pumpkin-A-Long! I hope you will join in!!!